Sunday 25 February 2018

Top 10 most cringeworthy TV interviews ever

Michael Parkinson's awkward interview with Meg Ryan
Michael Parkinson's awkward interview with Meg Ryan

Whether it's down to an awkward host, or a tetchy guest, or just your garden variety personality clash, TV interviews have the potential to descend from convivial to cringeworthy, sometimes with little warning. Watch our top ten through splayed fingers...

Carrie Bickmore and John Lydon

Australian TV presenter Carrie Bickmore asked The Sex Pistols singer about his thoughts on Margaret Thatcher's death, prompting Lydon to flare up and launch a barrage of sexist abuse at her and telling her to shut up when a man speaks.

Pat Kenny and Jerry Seinfeld

Pat Kenny interviewed Jerry Seinfeld on the Late Late Toy Show in December 2007.  Or, rather, he thought he was interviewing Jerry Seinfield (note the crucial extra 'i').

Clive Anderson and The Bee Gees

When the pop trio told Clive Anderson in 1997 that they had originally been called Les Tosseurs, Anderson quipped, “You’ll always be tossers to me”, prompting all three to storm off stage.

Vincent Brown and Joan Burton

It started with Joan addressing Vincent with, "Do you just want to harangue me?" and went downhill from there with allegations of sneering, on Tonight with Vincent Browne in January 2011.

Michael Parkinson and Meg Ryan

Whether it was down to Parkinson's probing questions or Meg Ryan's prickliness, this interview was almost unbearable to watch, and culminated in the obviously uncomfortable actress to tell the host to "just wrap it up".

Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Selleck

A month after the US Columbine shooting in 1999, actor and National Rifle Association member Tom Selleck and chat-show host Rosie O’Donnell, who was pro-gun control, came to blows on air.

Karen Bowerman and Guy Goma

Guy Coma arrived to the BBC one day in 2006 expecting to sit through a job interview.  Suddenly he found himself on air battling a series of bewildering questions lobbed at him by presenter Karen Bowerman.  He had been mistaken for internet expert Guy Kewney. 

Ryan Tubridy and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum

22 Jump Street star Jonah Hill asked Ryan if he was nervous, and continued to play with the clearly embarrassed host. 

Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino was on the publicity trail for his new movie, Django Unchained, when he encountered interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who wanted Tarantino to discuss the level of violence in his film.  Tarantino was having none of it and declared,  “I’m shutting your butt down".


Gay Byrne and Boyzone

This one speaks for itself...

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